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Himself
4.08
it was amazing
highly recommend
dark, comic, tragic magical realism
set in 1970's Mayo village a returning orphan looking to piece together his history and discover wh
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Apr 21, 2017
Mar 22, 2017
 
Academy Street
3.68
it was amazing
follows the story of Tess Lohan from 1940's rural Irish childhood, emigration to US and (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 14, 2017
Feb 12, 2017
 
Out of Ireland
3.90
really liked it
Member of Irish ascendancy and leader of Young Irelanders is exiled for sedition, encouraging armed rising against the British in the aftermath of Iri ...more
Aug 19, 2016
Aug 17, 2016
 
Nothing On Earth
3.43
liked it
a family, recently returned to Ireland, settle into a house in an unfinished 'ghost estate'
(view spoiler)
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Nov 21, 2016
Nov 15, 2016
 
Holding
3.84
liked it
well observed light mystery in remote Irish village, as local guard investigates discovery of human remains
populated by lightly sketched characters sp
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May 14, 2017
May 11, 2017
 
The Gathering
3.03
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** exquisitely written..evocative images of growing up in Ireland in 60's and 70's.
narrator Veronica is middle of 12 siblings growing u
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Feb 28, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
 
Letters Of An Irish Publican
3.71
it was amazing
view of irish village life, mainly through the lens of a local publican - one of six in the village
series of letters between the publican and a city n
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Nov 04, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
 
Brooklyn
3.62
liked it
**spoiler alert** young Irish emigrant to US, doesn't take much crap, knuckles down and makes progress with job, education and love life - living the ...more
Nov 04, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
Me and My Mate Jeffrey: A story of big dreams, tough realities and facing my demons head on
4.24
really liked it
testimony on growing up with, living with and dealing with anxiety and managing mental health

at times the writing not the best, but made up for with r
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May 24, 2017
May 20, 2017
 
Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger
3.93
really liked it
corruption...
cronyism...
incompetence...
scary stuff on how Irish economy was mismanaged and essentially unregulated for much of the last 15 years.
h
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Feb 10, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
Solar Bones
4.10
it was amazing
stream of consciousness , a everyman county council engineer, sitting in his Co Mayo kitchen waiting for his family, reflecting on variety of experien ...more
May 08, 2017
Dec 06, 2016
 
Red Dirt
3.94
really liked it
fast paced tale of three young Irish emigrants to Australia - Fiona, Murph and Hopper – divided into three linked sections, out of chronological order ...more
Mar 08, 2017
Dec 06, 2016
 
Absolute Zero Cool
3.64
really liked it
post modern tale of author and one of his characters rewriting the character's story - a disenchanted hospital porter plans to blow up the hospital.
so
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Jun 11, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
Winterwood
3.13
liked it
first person narrative - apparent abuse victim turned abuser
interesting disconnects and connections
timeline quite loose and difficult to follow at tim
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May 14, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
Hanging with the Elephant
3.22
liked it
Journalist reflects on relationship with his mother and with women in his life, while his partner is away for 6 weeks
some interesting turns of phrase
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Feb 29, 2016
Jan 31, 2016
 
Forensic Songs
3.92
really liked it
series of modern Irish short stories - somewhat surreal ideas - not so strong on character for me
like a series of outlines for the outer limits that w
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Sep 17, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
 
The Dalkey Archive
3.81
really liked it
**spoiler alert** funny and surreal throughout
many of the 3rd policeman ideas here again - the Molly-cule Theory is at work in the parish of Dalkey an
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Oct 21, 2010
Oct 06, 2010
 
Fishing the Sloe-Black River
3.90
liked it
mixed bag of irish themed short stories
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
Oh My God Delusion,The
4.14
liked it
exceeded my (low) expectations.
Some genuine laugh out loud moments - great turn of phrase at times
easier to take in small doses in the weekly column
...more
Feb 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
The Middle Kingdom: The Faerie World of Ireland
4.00
really liked it
fascinating review of folklore and oral history of purported fairy activity in Ireland - primarily around author's home in Mayo
presented very much as
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Oct 19, 2016
Jul 31, 2015
 
Irish Christmas Stories
4.00
really liked it
mix of some extraordinary with some very ordinary short stories
overall worked well
Oct 12, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
 
Dark Lies the Island
3.90
liked it
mix of short stories - some interesting premises - but goes to the same peripheral Irish cultures well too many times for me
Apr 22, 2013
Dec 10, 2012
 
The Mill for Grinding Old People Young
3.14
liked it
meandering coming of age tale in 19th century Belfast
Oct 30, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
At Swim-Two-Birds
3.92
really liked it
None
Jul 11, 2008
Aug 26, 2010
 
Elegy for April (Quirke #3)
3.60
liked it
None
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
 
Star of the Sea
3.97
liked it
None
Oct 04, 2009
Apr 27, 2011
 
The Green Road
3.50
None
not set
May 20, 2017
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